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Multi-Strand Necklace and Earrings with Seed Beads, Gold-Plated "Pewter" Drops and Focals and Friendly Plastic®

Focal Piece

STEP 1
Using a pair of flush-cutters, cut one 1/2 inch, one 3/4-inch and one 1-inch length of silver-finished 1mm ball chain.
STEP 2
Using a pair of flush-cutters, remove one epoxy and gold-plated star drop from the star cluster focal and cut off the loop.
STEP 3
Using the sharp end of a pair of tweezers or a permanent marker, trace the outline of a Christmas tree (7/8 inches tall by 3/4 wide at the base) on the green Friendly Plastic. Using scissors or a jeweler’s saw cut the tree out of the green Friendly Plastic.
STEP 4
Lay a sheet of Teflon® on a flat heat source such as candle warmer or an electric griddle and turn to a medium-low heat setting. Lay the piece of Friendly Plastic (shiny side up) on the Teflon. Use a metal pick or awl to maneuver the plastic so you don't burn your fingers
STEP 5
As the Friendly Plastic begins to melt, press the 1/2 inch length of chain in a diagonal fashion starting 1/8 inch from the top right of the tree to the left side. Use a metal awl to maneuver the plastic so you don’t burn your fingers. Continue to attach the 3/4 inch and 1-inch lengths of chain onto the top of the tree in a diagonal to create the garland.

Press the #11 red, yellow and turquoise seed beads onto the front of the tree for the ornaments and the #6 root beer seed beads onto the bottom of the tree to create the tree trunk. Press the cut edge of the epoxy and gold-plated star into the Friendly Plastic on the top point of the tree.

Designer Tip: Never leave Friendly Plastic unattended on heat source. When melting Friendly Plastic, avoid temperatures that are set too high as it can cause scorching and undesirable color changes.
STEP 6
Remove the Teflon sheet from the heat source and lay on a flat surface such as a countertop. Once the plastic has hardened, remove from the Teflon sheet.
STEP 7
Mix a moderate amount of red glitter into some Diamond Glaze™. Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze glitter mixture onto the entire bottom surface of the gold-plated 46x33mm trapezoid focal.
STEP 8
Mix the ICE Resin® per the manufacturer’s instructions. Carefully pour the liquid into the bezel until approximately 1/3 full. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
STEP 9
Arrange the Christmas tree into the center of the ICE Resin. Place eight #11opaque white seed beads around the outside of the tree for snowflakes. Mix and carefully pour a second layer of ICE Resin over the design until the bezel is almost full. Let the liquid settle and see if you are happy with the height of the liquid. The liquid will spill over the edge, so be careful. Check the liquid for bubbles. Place a task light close to the bezel to help bring any bubbles to the surface. If any appear, use a toothpick to pop them as they reach the surface. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
STEP 10
Mix the third layer of ICE Resin with clear glitter. Pour the third layer to create a domed look to the finished design, which will also offer a magnified view. Let the bezel sit undisturbed overnight. If any liquid spilled over the edge, wait until the ICE Resin has cured and peel it off. You can use your fingernail, a fine-edged tool or craft knife--work carefully!

Clasps

STEP 11
Using scissors cut two paper designs (Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus) to fit the inside of a 25mm round with 19mm round setting clasp.
STEP 12
Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze in the bottom of the gold-plated 25mm round with 19mm round setting clasp. Place the paper image inside the bezel. Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze on top of the paper image. Repeat to attach the paper image in the second clasp bezel.

Mix the ICE Resin per the manufacturer’s instructions. Carefully pour the liquid into the bezel until approximately 1/3 full. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
STEP 13
Mix a small amount of green glitter into some Diamond Glaze. Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze glitter mixture onto the entire bottom surface of the gold-plated 25mm round with 19mm round setting clasp.

Mix and carefully pour a second layer of ICE Resin over the design until the bezel is almost full. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
STEP 14
Mix the third layer of ICE Resin with clear glitter. Pour the third layer to create a domed look to the finished design. Let the bezel sit undisturbed overnight.

Necklace

STEP 15
Using scissors cut sixteen 22-inch lengths of green Silkon® thread. String onto one length of thread, one J-shaped needle.
STEP 16
Place #11 emerald green seed beads into the Speedy Stringer™ bowl.
STEP 17
String a 10-inch length of seed beads onto the first strand of thread. Place a bead stopper on both ends of the thread. String sixteen 10-inch strands of emerald green seed beads.
STEP 18
Match up the ends of the sixteen 10-inch lengths of seed beads and tie an overhand knot on the end of the threads. Place a small amount of adhesive on the knot. Tie a loose overhand knot in the thread on the opposite end of the strands. Place a pair of tweezers inside the knot up against the last beads and slide the knot down the tweezers to keep the strands of beads tight. Place a small amount of adhesive on the knot. Trim the thread at the knots.
STEP 19
Repeat Steps 15 - 18 to create two sets of sixteen 3-1/2 inch emerald green seed bead strands.
STEP 20
Using flush-cutters, cut six 4-inch lengths of red 22-gauge Zebra Wire™.
STEP 21
Wrap the end of a 4-inch length of Zebra Wire through the knot on one end of the 3-1/2 inch strands of seed beads and tightly wind the wire around the knot to secure the wire in place.
STEP 22
Pass the straight end of the wire through one gold-plated 16x16mm fancy filigree cone and one glass light red 4mm faceted round bead. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, create the loop leaving the excess wire. Attach the loop to the eye portion of the first clasp. Finish the end with a wrapped loop using round-nose pliers.

Repeat to attach the first end of the second 3-1/2 inch strands of seed beads to the eye portion of the second clasp.

Repeat to attach one gold-plated 16x16mm fancy filigree cone and one glass light red 4mm faceted round bead with a wrapped loop to the opposite end of the 3-1/2 inch emerald green strands and to both ends of the 10-inch emerald green strands.
STEP 23
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the focal piece and the wrapped wire loop on the opposite end of the first 3-1/2 inch set of green seed beads. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to attach a second set of 3-1/2 inch of green seed beads to the focal piece.
STEP 24
Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the back of the bezel portion of the first clasp (making sure the picture is facing down toward the focal piece) and another 4mm jumpring. Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the previous 4mm jumpring. Close the jumpring.

Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the wrapped loop on the first end of the 10-inch emerald green strands and the previous 4mm jumpring. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to attach four 4mm jumprings to the opposite end of the 10-inch emerald green strands and the second clasp making sure the picture is facing down toward the focal piece.

Earrings

STEP 1
Mix a moderate amount of red glitter into some Diamond Glaze. Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze glitter mixture onto the entire bottom surface of two gold-plated 21x19mm crest drops.
STEP 2
Mix the ICE Resin per the manufacturer’s instructions. Carefully pour the liquid into the bezel until approximately 1/3 full. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
STEP 3
Mix the second layer of ICE Resin with red glitter. Carefully pour a second layer of ice resin until the bezel is almost full. Let the liquid settle and see if you are happy with the height of the liquid. The liquid will spill over the edge, so be careful. Check the liquid for bubbles. Place a task light close to the bezel to help bring any bubbles to the surface. If any appear, use a toothpick to pop them as they reach the surface. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
STEP 4
Mix the third layer of ICE Resin with clear glitter. Pour the third layer to create a domed look to the finished design, which will also offer a magnified view. Let the bezel sit undisturbed overnight. If any liquid spilled over the edge, wait until the ICE Resin has cured and peel it off. You can use your fingernail, a fine-edged tool or craft knife--work carefully!
STEP 5
Repeat Steps 1 - 4 to create a second red glitter crest drop.

Repeat Steps 1 - 4 using green glitter to create two gold-plated 17x17x11.5mm triangle drops.
STEP 6
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop in the center of the rounded portion of the crest drop and the loop on the triangle drop. Close the jumpring.

Open the loop on an earwire. Pass it through the loop on the straight edge of the crest drop. Close the loop.

Repeat Step 6 to assemble the second earring.

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